Stephen Curry's Christmas miracle came a day late, but it didn't make it any less special.
A night after a sprained right ankle limited Curry physically and made him timid in decision-making, he appeared healed for the first 42 minutes of Monday's game against Chicago.
He led the Warriors to a 99-91 victory, the first in coach Mark Jackson's career, in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena.
"It means something because I have dreamed of this moment," Jackson said. "I didn't see the fellas in uniform, but I thank God it was them because of their commitment, focus and dedication. I'm extremely proud of that group.
"This win is really theirs."
It was mostly Curry's win. He had a sparkling bounce-back game before reinjuring his ankle with 5:52 remaining. The Warriors are calling the injury a "tweak" that will make him day-to-day, and Jackson said the point guard wanted to check back into the game.
Curry decided to play against the Clippers on Christmas despite needing a cumbersome brace and tape from his foot to his knee to protect his surgically repaired right ankle. He landed gingerly on every jump shot, going 2-for-12 for four points, and looked out of sorts in crunch time, turning over the ball three times in the final 5:09 as the Clippers extended a seven-point lead into a 19-point victory.
Stephen Curry lifts Warriors to 1st win of season
San Francisco Chronicle | Dec 27